Birds Waste Effort By Britton, Lose Series To Lowly Sox

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 5, 2013 at 7:16 am by

by Seabass

The White Sox stink.  They were 15 games under .500 entering this mid-week series with our beloved Birds.  But coming off an emotional home sweep of the Yankees, the Orioles made the White Sox look like contenders, dropping two out of three in Chicago.  Yesterday the Birds squandered a very good holiday start from lefty Zach Britton in the rubber match.  Britton went seven full, allowing only two runs on six hits.  he wasn’t dominating  by any means, but he certainly pitched well enough to win, especially with an offense as good as the O’s behind him.  Unfortunately Jose Quintana had other plans.  The White Sox starter recorded eleven, that’s right eleven, strike outs while two-hitting Baltimore through seven.  It was a dominating performance and after watching this Chicago starting staff all week it made me wonder how  in the hell the Sox were fifteen games under freakin’ .500.    Their starters really had the Orioles baffled all week, especially in yesterday’s 3-2 loss.

Tommy Hunter played the role of bullpen stooge yesterday by allowing a walk-off home run to Adam Dunn.  Hunter hung a curve ball on a 3-2 count and the big slugger made him pay.  Despite batting only a little over .200 on the year, Dunn proved to be an Oriole killer by homering three times in the series. Ugh babes.

Ramirez never touched the plate, but somehow he was safe.  It's a White Sox miracle!

Ramirez never touched the plate, but somehow he was safe. It’s a White Sox miracle!

The umps blew another call on a play at the plate, which proved to be the difference in the game.  Alexi Ramirez challenged Adam Jones on a single by Alex Rios.  Jones delivered a perfect throw to Taylor Teagarden who blocked the plate perfectly.  Ramirez never touched home plate and was tagged out.  Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher called him safe.  Wow. It wasn’t even close, he was an obvious out.  It’s time for replay.

The three M’s were the only Orioles player’s with hits.  (Markakis, Machado, and Mclouth.)

The O’s are now 4.5 games behind the Red Sox.  Don’t tell me every game doesn’t count in baseball babes.

Now up to the Bronx for three dances with the Evil Empire.

Gonzalez (6-3) vs Nova (2-2)

Let’s Go O’s!

 

 

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